IPL 2019 to be played in India despite clash with Lok Sabha polls

MUMBAI: The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 will be played entirely in India despite clashing with the general elections. The tournament is expected to kick start on 23 March.

The Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators stated that the decision has been taken based on preliminary discussions with the appropriate central and state agencies/authorities. The announcement has put to rest all speculations that the tournament might be shifted out of India since it clashes with the elections.

IPL had to be shifted to South Africa in 2009 and UAE in 2014 due to clash with the Lok Sabha polls which is generally held in the April-May period. In 2014, the tournament returned to India on 2 May. The previous election was held from 7 April to 12 May.

Generally, the IPL is also played in the April-May window. Even though, the IPL has been preponed to March it will most likely clash with the general elections. It will be interesting to see how the CoA is able to manage the tournament during the election season.

“The Supreme Court of India appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) on Tuesday met in New Delhi to discuss the cash-rich Vivo IPL 2019 venues and window. Based on the preliminary discussions with the appropriate central and state agencies/authorities, it was decided that the 12th edition of the world’s most popular and competitive T20 tournament will be scheduled to be played in India,” the CoA said in a statement.

“It is proposed that the IPL 2019 will commence on March 23, 2019. The detailed schedule will be finalised in consultation with the appropriate authorities. The COA will then have detailed discussion with all the Stakeholders before releasing the IPL 2019 Schedule,” it added.